Microfulfillment centers — fulfillment centers located inside existing stores or structures that hold a market’s worth of goods — are increasingly being hailed as the solution for speedy shipping in space-starved and dense city centers. Calgary, Alberta-based ‘ product condenses aisles of warehouse shelves into single vertical storage structures that roving shuttles traverse horizontally. As for Fabric (formerly CommonSense Robotics), its automated fulfillment sites pack shelves, lift robots, and wheeled robots in rooms with ceilings as low as 12 feet.
In something of a proof of concept, Fabric announced that one of its grocery sites in Tel Aviv is now live and delivering orders to online customers. As previously detailed, it’s located underground in a triangular space with low ceilings, which the company says is